Ballycotton is a pretty village located in East Cork, surrounded by scenic cliff walks, some fabulous beaches and of course some great sea food restaurants it is a very pleasing area to pass an afternoon. The village and port have a long maritime history, and it was off Ballycotton in 1837 that the famous steam ship the “Sirius” was lost. She had previously been the first passenger steam ship to cross the Atlantic. Today the Royal National Lifeboat stationed at Ballycotton is one of the most modern afloat. This service has a very commendable history with many famous rescues in years gone by.
Just off the coast, Ballycotton Island has a 19th century lighthouse.
Every year an arts festival is held in the village with a variety of fun filled workshops and family events and in March year the internationally acclaimed Ballycotton 10 takes place which is an exciting 10 mile road race. www.ballycottonrunning.com
Aswell as being a lifeboat centre, it is also a superb location for deep sea angling. Travelling time out of Ballycotton to the main deep sea angling areas is approximately one hour. The Approved charter boats operating out of Ballycotton specialise in Shark, bottom and wreck angling. The main species available include Blue Shark, Ling, Ray, Pollock, Cod, Black Sole, Plaice, Mackerel, Common Skate, and Conger.